Wednesday, July 13, 2011

5 Best Wizard Spells

Here are my picks for the top 5 Spellfire wizard spells. Please note that all choices were made with the particularities of the Antigonish variant in mind.

#5 - Hold Person (Ravenloft, 49/100)
Here's a way to win a level-up war in a hurry! A card that reduces the opposing champion to zero, no matter what their current level? That's primo. Hold Person is best played late in the combat round, when you can be reasonably confident that your enemy is running out of ammunition. Then...BAM, he's back to level zero. No fun, at least not for him! And when he loses, you've just won yourself a spoils (and razed a realm, if you were the attacker).

#4 - Takhisis's Abyssal Gateway (Dragonlance chase, 13/25)
Much better than Mindkiller, because it can put an avatar into the Abyss just as easily as a regular champion. "The gate" gets rid of an unwanted enemy champion in a hurry. And it's a lot tougher to get back into play from the Abyss than it is from the discard pile. For being an almost essential champion-removal tool, Takhisis's Abyssal Gateway grabs the #4 spot on this list.

#3 - Estate Transference (3rd Edition chase, 437/440)       
Disintegrate and Cataclysm are fine and dandy, as far as land-destruction cards go, but to really eliminate a realm from play, nothing beats Estate Transference. Unlike the aforementioned cards, Estate Transference puts the tageted realm directly into the Abyss (it's sort of the "Takhisis's Abyssal Gateway" of land destruction cards). Slight downside in that, if the spell is countered by Spell Turning or Reflection, the caster is put into the Abyss instead, but that's not enough to lower Estate Transference's #3 position.
 
#2 - Wish (4th Edition, 384/500)
As I mentioned last month in my post on this card, Wish is pretty well the ultimate wizard spell. So why is it at #2 instead of #1? Blame those crazy Spellfire sticker sets! Aside from that, Wish is everything you want in a badass wizard spell. It destroys any card except realms, regardless of immunities. When you want something gone, Wish does the job better than any other card in the game.
 
#1 - Dispel Illusion (Inquisition, 83/99)
As mentioned in my previous posting on this card, Dispel Illusion is the most powerful Spellfire card ever printed. It has to be #1 on this list. It can "roll back time", making sure that a played card wasn't played after all. The person who tried to play it can't do so until their next turn. Many times, stopping a Caer Allison or a Menzoberranzan can mean the difference between winning and losing a game. The fact that you can also stop events, champions, or any one of a dozen nasty pieces of cheese with this card is just icing on the cake. When all is said and done, you won't find a better wizard spell (or a better card of any type) in the game.

Agree or disagree with my top 5? Let me know in the comments.

Next Time: An extra turn is a priceless thing!
                

11 comments:

  1. Thiago Sousa CamposJanuary 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    I dont think that Takhisis's Abyssal Gateway itsmut betterthan mindkiller,yesyou can send an avatartothe abyss, But mindkiller can be used on phase4. For me they are equaly porwerfull.

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    1. It can be argued that way, Thiago. Avatars seem to plague me so I really like removal that can handle them...permanently!

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  2. Disintegrate, Re-Target, and Prismatic Sphere are also Excellent Wizard Spells!

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    1. Yup. Re-target just missed making my list.

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  3. Dispell magic unless your opponent does not use spells

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    1. Yes Dispel Magic is a great card, but I didn't put it on the top 5 list because of all the spell-less decks out there. I have two decks with no spells at all myself.

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  4. I like using Fear. You have to waste a good card to dispell it, or they basically lose the champion.

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    1. Fear is good, except the champion can still use special abilities. So Midnight can still mess you up and Bigby can still counter all your spells. That's why Fear didn't make my list.

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  5. Hold Person never got into any of my decks, re-target, Hallucinatory Terrain, Limited Wish, Recall, Mordenkainen's Disjunction or Raze are better for me.

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    1. Those are great cards, but no card wins a level-up war faster than Hold Person.

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